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Plague of giant slugs

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:43

Ok, expressed my view.   We  need to decide individually what we do about slugs in our own gardens.  

this year in most years....I have grown hostas and the rest without noticeable slug/snail damage.  Even my kniphofias are thriving now.......didnt expect them to attract these critters so caught cold (new to kniphofias in my garden) 

in a wildlife garden slugs are beneficial.......    Only to feed natural predators.   

make your choice folks.........slugs or no slugs?    

Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:32

So, levelling and seeding and then you will dig out masses of soil?  Where will soil go?    

Flowerbeds can be constructed fact it is better as you can cut out the lawn to shape your beds.  

Heeling at least 3 times is important as far as I'm concerned to avoid sinkage later 

Pathway straight or curved

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:27

You can have curved path with formal planting Sloppy.  a contrived curving path would look odd but, generally, curves are better aesthetically than straight lines 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:22

I know Lyn but Black Adder is sterile...........

all  of my agastaches are sterile.  

Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 19:18

Lucid, that heeling is it a few times raking in between.

but.......think of the benefit to your health cos heeling is great exercise.

are you going to dig a pond there?  If so I would dig it out before sowing the grass seed...........?

Plague of giant slugs

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 18:54

Which ones Jo? 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 17:37


Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 16:37

small stones are ok Lucid. Grass, and grass seed, is will be fine.   

Think of that ground as emerald green soon as you rake and level.  It's what I do on such projects to keep momentum. You have ideal time of the year and hopefully some decent weather.


Posted: 03/09/2015 at 16:32

Yvie, excellent news about your mum.

implants aren't necessarily the answer it seems.     a cousin to burn...spent a fortune on implants and they are not successful for some reason.  Save money for plants perhaps? 

Hosta. that is a lot of  hostas........dedicated hosta bed?   any that look better than most at this time of year?  mine are variable......halcyon, although not as blue now, is still looking good whereas Gold standard, fire and ice and patriot are going over fast. I'm dividing a couple of hostas myself........sitting in veg patch to remind me 

Well, the sun didnt come out for too long but pretty good 


What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 13:32

Yes better to underplant Bristol.....fill gaps with some bare root wallflowers for you can move things around and leave spaces for plants you want later on.  What does well and you like can be divided in spring to make groups of 3 or so.

by varying the shape of plants...low growing sprawlers, linear narrow upright, mounds, etc. you can avoid the dreaded straight lines.  Evergreen or deciduous grasses can alter the appearance of level straight lines too. Colour from foliage.....even deciduous spireas like magic carpet can give lots of colour and size.  Red/orange new growth on yellow foliage and flowers too in summer.  A small purple shrub like berberis can look spectacular alongside from spring to late autumn.  A blue evergreen grass like elymus magellanicus will change the theme.  


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